MUMN with 4,400 members – will start operating from new quarters in Ħal Qormi
From starting off with just 800 members, between nurses and midwives, 25 years ago, the union representing them – MUMN – today represents members from eight other categories, all working within the health sector. The UN today inaugurated its new quarters in Ħal Qormi.
MUMN President Paul Pace stated that besides nurses and midwives, the union today represents workers from another eight categories within the health sector. Today, Mr Pace added, the MUMN has some 4,400 members.
“A Union that started off in a garage in Fgura, from where we moved to an apartment in Swatar, and we are now in Mosta. Now, God willing, we will be moving to a state-of-the-art building providing a better service for members and the community.”
The start of the MUMN saw midwives joining forces with nurses to set up the Malta Union of Nurses and Midwives. Mr Pace said that from that point, never-ending work started, and today they are considered the biggest union in the health sector, as they are no longer a union for nurses and midwives only, because social aspects and problems of the same workers are also being covered.
Mr Pace added that the Florence Nightingale Benevolent Fund had been set up for this reason, to provide assistance where necessary. From this new building, he added, the MUMN will also be able to expand its services.
“The size of these quarters will serve two purposes: the upper part will be used for conferences and for ongoing professional development, and beneath this floor we will have a Learning Institute where, through an agreement with the Health Minister, we will organise the first courses and seminars on the health of Mental Wellbeing of all professionals as a result of Covid, which all professionals have experienced.”
President George Vella, who attended the inauguration, praised the important work of the unions and said this will not just mean the acquisition of better rights for workers, but will also serve as a contribution to the development of industrial laws, and at the end of the day will continue to create a stronger industrial democracy.
President Vella expressed satisfaction at the setting up of a Learning Institute, stressing that continuous teaching is the key to good quality services, whilst praising the noble act of the Florence Nightingale Benevolent Fund, which he said shows respect and solidarity between the workers.